Jan. 8, 1940 – June 11, 2018
Thursday, July 5, 2018
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Alice Kathleen Lee

Alice Kathleen Lee, 78, had her eternal birthday on June 11, 2018. She passed peacefully surrounded by love and her family. Alice was born in Billings, Mont., on Jan. 8, 1940, to Albert and Beatrice Lee. Alice was raised in Absarokee, Mont., with one brother, Alan Lee. Alice also had a large extended family in the surrounding area.

After graduating from high school, Alice pursued her education starting in Seattle, Wash., at Seattle Pacific University. Alice accomplished her bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in 1967. She went on to obtain two masters level degrees. Alice accomplished her highest level of education when she finished her doctorate at Northern Arizona University in 1980. Alice had a heart for Native Americans and spent ten years on the Navajo Nation Reservation as a Director of Special Services for the Tuba City School District. Alice finished her career as Director of Special Services in the Osborn School District in Phoenix, Ariz. Alice retired from her dedicated time of service in 2005.

Alice loved her family and treasured time with all of them. She loved to garden and would always have beautiful flowers growing in her yard, her favorite being her rose bushes. Alice loved playing piano, especially with family around. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and spent many a morning on the patio swing having coffee with them. Alice had many great adventures with her closest friends and family. They span from hiking the Grand Canyon from North Rim to South Rim to traveling oversees. The family will also miss the special things that she would bake and will never forget the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls in the morning. Alice lived and loved to the fullest and she impacted all who knew her.

Alice was an amazing sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and mentor. She made sure in her lifetime that her family was always provided for and filled with love. Alice dedicated her life as an advocate for children and families. Alice was strong in her faith. She built a strong personal relationship with Jesus and now stands in His presence.

Alice is survived by her brother Alan of Mesa, Ariz.; son Brady and wife Michelle of Anthem, Ariz.; daughter Tammy and husband John of Gilbert, Ariz.; four grandchildren Devin (Ashley), Andrew, Joshua and Christopher; four great-grandchildren Darien, Aniya, Avianna and Aylah; and loved ones that she called her children Brenda, Mark and Tan Suen.

There will be a graveside service for Alice at Rosebud Cemetery in Absarokee on Saturday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m.